The Many Uses of Jars!

by holli on August 23, 2012

It’s canning season. This is the first year I’m dipping my novice toe into it to make applesauce and pickled veggies. I was lucky enough to get a windfall of used jars in June, and have found many other uses for them besides holding yummy foods for storage. And now that I’m going to do just that, I thought I’d share a few ways I’ve used the jars over the Summer:

Vases – Add a ribbon, bow or even wrap in twine and you’ve got a lovely vase – these were captured at a friend’s Babyshower. Grouped together, they made perfect centerpieces.

Holding Candies or Flowers: a sweet solution.

 

Waterbottle - Yes, it’s like a huge sippy cup, but with a name like Cuppow you feel cool while drinking out of a jar instead of a stinky hippy. My son wants one so bad, and they finally made a small mouth insert so I can give him a pint jar version. Cuppow inserts fit on top of the mouth of the jar, and you use the old ring to fasten it on. At $7 each, they aren’t cheap, but I can honestly say I use mine all the time (and Cuppow doesn’t even know I’m endorsing their product). If I was an assertive blogger, I’d probably try to get them to do a give-away. Instead, I’ll share photos and ideas:)

Cuppow insert turns this wide mouthed jar into a water bottle.

Herb Planter- Window sill garden solution!  With narrow window sills, I wasn’t sure I could have an herb garden at my kitchen sink, even though this window gets the best morning sun. I measured the sill and tried to find small pots that would do the trick and not cost a lot. Finally, it dawned on me one time while I was visiting my Mom: she was using tall glasses, I could use jars!

Fresh basil in my window thanks to jars that fit the narrow space.

But wait, there’s more:

Lunch – A leading blog on reuse and homemaking in the blogosphere, NW Edibles, did a whole long post about how to use jars for lunch. While I was reading it, I realized we’ve been doing a lot of the same thing around here in our home. I’m consistently even reusing jars from the store. Baby food jars in particular make great snack containers for young kids.

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Do you reuse jars in your home? Any new ideas? Please share!

p.s. This post was shared on The Wednesday Fresh Food’s Blog Hop – check it out for recipes and real food living!

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kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty August 26, 2012 at 8:13 am

Holy cow!!! I am in love with this post dude! I love canning jars and I hoard them like you wouldn’t believe. I use them to shake salad dressings, as vases (my favorite! – actually, tin cans work VERY well for this too), as just simple decoration in my kitchen, to hold sewing stuff, and to actually ….. you’re not gonna believe this…. CAN THINGS. haha – seriously though, canning jars are awesome and I’m fortunate enough to live in a place (for 5 more days) where reusing and sharing is a lifestyle – I regularly walk down the street and find boxes full of canning jars and lids for free.

thank you for taking the time to share with us at The Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop – we hope to see you again this week with more incredible posts! xo, kristy

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holli August 26, 2012 at 4:17 pm

I love that you use the term, Dude! I’m from the same old school way of talking and one guy actually told me recently he didn’t like being called, “Dude”!
Anyway, yes, aren’t jars amazing? I even have large 3 gallon ones for storing flours and grains (but they’re not for canning, so I didn’t include them).
Loving your blog hop – even though I don’t always remember to share something on Wednesdays.

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